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Mae Wong NP

Mae Wong is one of the western most parks in Thailand. It is home to a few very rare species like Burmese Yuhina and Coral-billed Scimitar-Babbler. The park headquarters is situated in an area of bamboo at the base of the mountain. It takes almost an hour to drive to the top where most of the birding is done. There are some basic dormitory style rooms at the top together with a camp site. A very keen ranger based at the top set up some permanent hides a few years ago. These have proved very popular with photographers and now each year there are more hides and different birds coming in to them. Three days at the top is needed to visit all the hides and also do some general birding along the road and trail.

The Hides

Blue Pitta
Grey Peacock-Pheasant
Rusty-naped Pitta
White-crowned Forktail
Rufous-throated Partridge

Many keen photographers visit these hides. The birds come and go over the season but on a good day you might see Blue Pitta, Rusty-naped Pitta, Grey Peacock-pheasant and a whole host of smaller birds such as Flycatchers and Babblers. 
Asian Stubtail
Golden-throated Barbet

The Road

Long-tailed Sibia
Olive Bulbul
Great Barbet
Spot-necked Babbler
Black Bulbul
The top three kilometres of the road provide excellent birding. The road wends in and out of gorges formed by the mountain streams taking you from dark areas under the canopy to open areas with rank grass on the verges. A few sought after birds can be found along here including Long-tailed Sibia, White-throated Bulbul and Olive Bulbul. Plenty of more common species can be found too: Piculets, Babblers, Warblers, etc.
Grey-chinned Minivet
Red-billed Blue Magpie


Chong Yen Campsite

Burmese Yuhina
Coral-billed Scimitar-Babbler
Oriental White-eye
White-necked Laughingthrush
Red-billed Scimitar-Babbler
At the end of the road is Chong Yen Campsite, a small grassy area with some toilets and staff quarters. There are two look outs with excellent views and good birding. This is the only spot in Thailand that Rufous-necked Hornbills are seen from. In a good year Burmese Yuhina move around the small fruiting trees together with White-eyes and a variety of Bulbuls. It is also the best spot for Coral-billed Scimitar-Babbler and Small Cuckoo-dove. Three kinds of Laughingthrushes come in for food together with Blue Whistling Thrush, Blue Rock Thrush and Silver-eared Mesia.

The Trail

Clicking Shrike-babbler
Eyebrowed Wren-Babbler
Slaty-bellied Tesia
Sulpher-breasted Warbler
White-bellied Erpornis
From the back of the campsite a trail leads down through the forest. It is in fact a continuation of the road but it has been abandoned for some years and is now just a narrow pathway. It is only walkable for about 200m but is worth spending some time on. Slaty-bellied Tesias and Eyebrowed Wren-Babblers work the undergrowth and there is frequently a mixed bird wave in the area containing Warblers, Shrike-Babblers, Spiderhunters and many more. Late morning seems to be good here as it is in the shade during the early morning.
 Silver-eared Mesia
Small Niltava
White's Thrush
 Chestnut-flanked White-eye
All the photographs shown on this page were taken by ourselves at Mae Wong NP.
Miss Punjapa Phetsri (aka Games)
Site owner and guide.